Being the last newsletter for Term One, it is a fantastic time to reflect on student achievements this term: students knuckling down in the class room; a plethora of sporting involvement and success; Valentine’s Day fund raisers; the introduction of the Platinum study program; Careers Expos; Lifesaving feats (well-done Kael!); Connect Challenges; Tournament of The Minds preparation; Robotics success; Art Master Classes; Epilepsy Purple Day fund raiser and a range of others. I congratulate all of the students for their involvement in these. I also sincerely thank staff for the massive and very often unseen work, not only in planning and presenting quality lessons, but also in conducting the many and varied extracurricular offerings that we provide.

Our most recent College Ongoing Attitude to Learning (COAL) scores were posted during the week and it was fantastic to again see the large number of students achieving in the GOLD excellent / outstanding range. Keep up the great work!

Our Year 12 students have been undertaking Mid-Course Exams this week. Due to changes in NESA assessment guidelines, for the majority of subjects, these Mid-Course Exams are no longer assessable tasks. However, students and staff continue to use these exams as an opportunity to build student skills in working under exam conditions, while also providing another tool for student feedback.

Our school will again run the Aid Station at the Port Macquarie Ironman event on Sunday 5 May, 2019 (which is the first weekend back following the holidays). I thank those students who have already registered their name for this and welcome any other students or parents who would like to be involved. If parents would like to assist, I encourage them to contact either myself or Mr Huens (PDHPE Faculty), with their t-shirt size, in order to be included. These names need to be finalized by the end of the term in order to allow the accurate ordering of the volunteer t-shirts.

A formal assembly commemorating ANZAC Day will be held in our MPC on the last day of term to allow all of the students and staff to appropriately recognize this event. Additionally, our school will be involved in the Port Macquarie ANZAC Day March and I encourage any student who is available on this day to attend this. More specific details in regards to meeting points and times will be forwarded out prior to the event.

As this is the last newsletter report for the term and in turn, the last report that I will be completing as Acting Principal, I would like to sincerely thank the entire school community for their support of the school over the last five months. I hope everyone is able to recharge over the Easter break, spend quality time with family & friends and have a safe and happy holiday.

School resumes for students on Tuesday 30 April.

Geoff Duck

Acting Principal